Brethren Volunteer Service

Goal of Program

Sharing God's love through acts of service; caring for creation; working for peace; advocating justice; serving human need.

Type of Placement

All projects fall under one of the following categories: children, youth/young adults, senior citizens, general community services, farm workers, people with disabilities, agriculture, hunger/homelessness, prisoners and the prison system, refugees, peace/justice, housing, healthcare, outdoor ministries, community organizing/development/advocacy, education/training, environment, congregations or miscellaneous.

Service Area

Approximately 20 states in the US and 10 different countries.

Service Length

One year for US placements, two years for most international projects.

Program Size

Approximately 40 current volunteers at any time. The number of volunteers at each location depends on the project.


To serve in U.S.: Must be 18 or older w/ high school diploma. To serve overseas: Must be at least 21 years old w/ college degree or similar life experience. See website for volunteer fee.

Financial Arrangements

Room, board, monthly stipend and health insurance provided. Transportation to project after orientation and home from project after one's term is completed.

Living Arrangements

Depends on project - community or group, individual, on-site, with family.


Three-week orientation held every summer and fall. On-site training at each project.

Application Deadline

Six weeks before each orientation.

Start Date

Service begins immediately following orientation except for some international placements.


Dan McFadden


1451 Dundee Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847 429-4396


[email protected]


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Additional Contacts

Pauline Liu
1451 Dundee Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 720 984-6571
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Emily Tyler
1451 Dundee Ave
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847 429-4396
[email protected]

Jocelyn Siakula
1451 Dundee Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847 429-4384
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